Staten Island, NY -- With April designated as National Military Child Month, it’s no wonder hula hooping, ping ponging, party games and face painting filled Saturday’s agenda for fun at Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth Coast Guard Base.
“While an afternoon of merriment is our goal, there is a more serious side to the event,” explained Christine Ferraco, who heads a committee at Staten Island University Hospital known as F.L.A.G. , an acronym for Freedom, Loyalty, Admiration, Gratitude. F.L.A.G. functions an arm of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Valor initiative designed to support of military and veterans in their communities.
“Hosting the party is a wonderful way for us to recognize military children for their courage and sacrifices,” Ferraco said. “While an afternoon of merriment is our goal, there is a more serious side to the event,” Ferraco explained. The Coast Guard offers its personnel accommodations in 137 apartment units on the Staten Island base. Families stay for a few years and then it’s time for transfer to another base. It’s tough on the kids,” she said, and a mom of two standing nearby agreed.
In a show of support, many local venders and individuals have donated money, pizza, bakery goods and beverages, as well as off site ice skating and other discounts.